Light heavyweight world titleholder and widely considered to be the pound-for-pound best boxer in the sport Andre Ward has announced that he is retiring from boxing.
Ward made the announcement in a statement on his website.
“I want to be clear — I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there,” Ward stated.
“If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting.”
“People see what I do fight night, they see under the lights, but they don’t see the toil, they don’t see the grind, they don’t see just the pain, the physical pain that you go through, not just in the fights, but to prepare and to get ready for those battles.
“I felt the physicality of the sport, not just in the ring stuff, but the training and the preparation, start to take its toll on me for the last two or three years and I bit down and continued to push through and at this point, it’s time and I know it’s time.”
Ward (32-0, 16 KOs), 33, remains under contract with promoter Roc Nation Sports despite rumors of a jump to Top Rank and his television contract with HBO recently expired.